Sonia pitches for women's bill, safety

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 07:45 hrs

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday said she will personally press for the passage of Woman Reservation Bill and ensure that the death of the Delhi gangrape victim did not go in vain in bringing the safety of women on the national forefront.

Sonia Gandhi was delivering her speech at the third and final day of the party´s Jaipur conclave.

"I assure you I will personally continue to press for a law for 30 percent reservation for women in Parliament and assemblies," asserted Sonia at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) meet here.

Condemning the gangrape and the murder of the 23-year-old medicine student of Delhi, she said,"The barbaric gang-rape of a young woman in Delhi has shaken the country. She embodied the spirit of an aspirational India. We will ensure her death will not go in vain."

"Gender issues were discussed at the Chintan Shivir. The Congress has been at the forefront in the struggle to empower women, and it will continue to do so," assured Sonia.

"Every woman and every girl has the fundamental right to feel safe and secure," she said.

Condemning the abusive comments made by self-proclaimed God-man Asaram Bapu and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat recently, she said, "Public figures made unacceptable remarks against women. We cannot tolerate mindsets that lead to crimes against women and children."

Speaking on the recent Indo-Pak border skirmishes and beheading and killing of jawans, she said, "We will fight forces that threaten the unity and integrity of the country."

Speaking on the hard economic reforms taken up by the UPA Government, she said, "Global recession is having an effect on India and has forced the government to take some hard decisions, which have hit the people."

"We should explain to the people the reasons for these hard economic decisions. People are losing faith in politicians. We have to understand why this is happening." she noted.

"There are only 15 months left to the Lok Sabha elections. If we work well, there is no doubt we will be re-elected again. This is the time to work hard," she said.

"As the country´s main political party, the people´s expectations from us is higher. We cannot let down the people who have put their faith in us," added Sonia.

She also announced the launch of the ´Aap Ka Paisa Aap Ke Haath´ scheme, which will stop corruption by middlemen.

Rahul Gandhi is expected to make his first speech as Congress vice-president at the same meeting on Sunday.

The Gandhi scion was named the vice-president of the 128-year-old party on Saturday and officially made the number two leader in the party after Sonia Gandhi.

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